1. [ verb ] keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
Synonyms: hold keep

"hold in place" "She always held herself as a lady" "The students keep me on my toes"

Related terms: continue keep_waiting hold_over conserve preserve housekeep distance carry pressurize survive refrain_from postpone resist prolong delay exclude keep_up check bypass keep_in sequester keep_off number keep_off maintainer
2. [ verb ] to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
Synonyms: save preserve conserve keep_up

: "save something in case you hit trouble."

Related terms: keep keep record conserve embalm plastinate hold_the_line care conservation
3. [ verb ] keep in perfect or unaltered condition
Synonyms: preserve keep_up

"We preserve these archeological findings" "The old lady could not keep up the building"

Related terms: keep hold_the_line
4. [ verb ] supply with necessities and support
Synonyms: keep sustain

: "She alone sustained her family" "The money will sustain our good cause" "There's little to earn and many to keep"

Related terms: have must reseed carry patronage carry support maintenance
5. [ verb ] state categorically
Synonyms: assert asseverate
Related terms: insist say predicate assertion
6. [ verb ] of power or authority
Synonyms: exert wield
Related terms: have must
7. [ verb ] state or assert
Synonyms: defend

"He maintained his innocence"

Related terms: affirm vindicate
8. [ verb ] maintain for use and service
Synonyms: keep

"I keep a car in the countryside" "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

Related terms: have must
9. [ verb ] maintain by writing regular records
Synonyms: keep

"keep a diary" "maintain a record" "keep notes"

Related terms: record
10. [ verb ] support against an opponent
Synonyms: uphold

"The appellate court upheld the verdict"

Related terms: confirm justify maintainer
11. [ verb ] observe correctly or closely
Synonyms: keep observe

"The pianist kept time with the metronome" "keep count" "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

Related terms: observation observation observation
Similar spelling:   maintainer